The Heal Charlottesville Fund was founded in response to the white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville in August of 2017. Throughout the summer, Charlottesville was terrorized by white supremacists and Klu Klux Klan members, culminating in two days of violent clashes and a car attack. Our community was deeply saddened by the loss of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke Bates. A generous outpouring of support resulted in the creation of three funds: Heal Charlottesville Fund, Concert for Charlottesville, and Unity Cville. These Funds are housed at the Community Foundation and are coordinating their work to help injured individuals, ensure trauma counseling services for the community, and address the impacts of structural racism.
A number of sources of support were set up quickly after the violence to help survivors. Funds from the Foundation have been distributed to individuals who were injured by or witnessed the car attack. $200,000 has been distributed to date and additional funds are available to meet the unique needs of individuals. This support helps individuals fill gaps where they have expenses due to injury and loss of income, including housing, insurance and car payments, utilities, child care, food, and physical therapy.
“I was injured in the August 12 car attack. I sustained two spinal fractures, a broken rib, and a severely fractured leg. The Heal Charlottesville Fund is covering many of my expenses while I heal. The Heal Fund pays for my rent, utilities, phone bill, chiropractor, and other expenses. I am so incredibly grateful for their help. I have had three surgeries so far and will be having a fourth surgery next month. Healing from the car attack has been an exhausting and painful process. I am so grateful that I can count on the Heal Fund to help with my expenses until I'm able to return to work. It has relieved a lot of stress to have my finances covered.” -Survivor of the Car Attack
Additional funding is available for survivors and we encourage anyone with needs to call the Help Line: (434) 234-4490.
August 2017 was a traumatic experience for our community. Many populations were specifically targeted by the violence, racist and derogatory chants, and intimidation tactics of the white supremacists. First responders and medical volunteers were impacted by what they experienced. Soon after the events, grants were made to community-based organizations to address the increased need for trauma counseling services. Over $155,000 supported trauma counseling through the following organizations:
An additional $70,000 has been distributed to other community efforts:
We are extremely grateful to those who have responded to the events of last summer by making a generous financial gift. More than 3,000 people made a contribution to the Heal Charlottesville or Concert for Charlottesville Funds. We received gifts from across the country, from individuals and businesses alike, and at all levels of giving. The Charlottesville community is deeply grateful for your overwhelming show of support.
If you would like to make a contribution to the Heal Charlottesville Fund, you can do so here.